If you’ve been missing a suitable replacement for your isometric squad-based shenanigans, and the turn-based mechanics of Shadowrun don’t take your fancy, then I have the game for you.
It’s called Satellite Reign, a game which Brisbane-based devs 5 Lives Studios successfully Kickstarted around this time in 2013. Despite having to ask people for pounds instead of US dollars — which can sometimes be an issue — the team raised £461,333, or nearly $1 million going off today’s exchange rates, to accomplish their vision.
The game, which is a more open-world take on the dystopian cyberpunk world Bullfrog crafted, has been in Early Access for several months and will finally be released next Friday. To celebrate, there’s a new launch trailer showing what it’s all about.
I’ve played around eight hours of the game so far and I’ll be forming a more complete take on the gameplay over the next week. It certainly channels the spirit of Bullfrog’s original games — back when the good old days really were the good old days.
Satellite Reign is available for purchase now on Steam for US$30. It has a 93% user rating from 265 reviews at the time of writing, although the majority of those reviews probably come from backers.